Single Herbs and its uses

Amalaki is used to rebuild and maintain new tissues and increases red blood cell count. It is considered helpful in cleansing the mouth, strengthening teeth, nourishing the bones and is the highest natural source of vitamin C. It reduces

pitta without aggravating vata or kapha.It is a one of three herbs used in triphala, the primary Ayurvedic tonic for maintaing health.

Arjuna is a famous cardiac tonic used in Ayurveda for a variety of heart conditions. Used to lower blood pressure and heart rate. Traditionally given to support circulation and oxygenation of all tissues. Often combined with ashwagandha, brahmi and guggul in heart formulas.

Ashoka is used in Ayurveda as a tonic for the uterus and is believed to help maintain proper function of the female reproductive system.

Ashwaghandha has been traditionally used for general debility, sexual debility and nerve exhaustion. It also is said to regenerate the hormonal system, promote healing of tissues, and support sound sleep. It is considered the primary adaptogenic Ayurvedic herb for its ability to build reserves for handling stressful conditions.

Bala is commonly used for heart disease, arthritic pain, and helpful in soothing inflamed nerve tissue. Bala pacifies high vata-pitta conditions.

Bacopa assists in heightening mental acuity and supports the body’s ability to relax. It is used in formulas for mental exertion.

Bhringaraj is considered helpful in premature graying of hair, balding , alopecia, loss of teeth, enlargement of liver or spleen, chronic hepatitis, anemia and skin diseases. It is a rejuvenative for pitta. Also available in oil form.

Bibitaki is used as a laxative to cleanse the bowels. It is also used as a gargle for sore throats because of its heating and soothing properties. It is a one of three herbs used in triphala, the primary Ayurvedic tonic for maintaing health. It is considered a powerful tonic for excess kapha.

Bitter Melon has been shown to regulate the body’s ability to process sugars by suppressing the neutral response to the stimuli of sweet tastes. For control of blood sugar levels also see shardunika ( gymnema) and chandraprabha.

Boswellia has been used extensively in Ayurveda for joint support. Along with its cousin guggul, it offers broad health and immunomodulating benefits for arthritis sufferers.

Brahmi has been traditionally used for nervous disorders, epilepsy, senility, premature aging, hair loss, obstinate skin conditions and venereal diseases. It is considered the primary Ayurvedic nerve and cardiac tonic. It pacifies high vata or pitta. Also available in oil form.

Chyavanprash is a famous herbal jam made from amalaki fruit, one of the highest sources of vitamin C. It is fortified with over 20 herbs to rejuvenate and strengthen the immune system.

Gokshura is a rejuvenating herb used in Ayurveda to support proper function of the urinary tract and prostate.

Guduchi is a considered a bitter tonic and powerful immuno-modulator. It is regarded as a blood purifier and liver protector. It is considered helpful in eye disorders and promotes mental clarity. It balances high pitta conditions.

Guggul A gum resin, historically used for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions in the treatment of elevated blood

cholesterol and arthritis. Often used as a carrier and combined with other herbs to treat specfic conditions ( see Kaishore Guggul, Yograj Guggul, Goksuradi Guggul and others).

Haritaki is used for coughs, asthma, abdominal distention, tumors and itching. It is a one of three herbs used in triphala,the primary Ayurvedic tonic for maintaing health. It is a rejuvenative for vata.

Kutki a bitter and pungent herb used by Ayurvedic practitioners to support proper function of the liver and spleen.

Holy Basil offers a wide rage of health benefits, principally supporting the respiratory system.

Manjista is considered one of the best blood purifying herbs in Ayurveda. It is said to cool and detoxify the blood, dissolve obstructions in blood flow, and clear stagnant blood from the system. It clears high pitta from the system.

Neem is considered one of the best healing and disinfectant agents for skin diseases and anti-inflamatory for joint and muscle pain.It balances high pitta conditions. Also available in oil form.

Shardunikha is commonly referred to as “Gurmar, the destroyer of sugar”. It is traditionally used in formulas to control blood sugar levels in the body.

Shatavari is traditionally used to support the female organs, prevent sexual debility, help menopausal conditions, stomach ulcers, inflamation and chronic fevers. It is also a primary rejuvenative for pitta.

Originally posted 2009-03-19 14:55:23.

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